School Based Mental Health Counselors
Director of School-Based Mental Health ServicesMelissa BradleyMelissa earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2005. She went on to achieve her master’s degree in mental health counseling in 2013 from Argosy University. Melissa has expressed a passion for working with young children since 1998. She has served as the director of outpatient mental health services and is now occupying the role of director of school-based mental health services for The Florida Center. Melissa practices ‘time-ins’ with her child at home which supports a positive parent-child relationship based on security, connectedness, and open communication.
Director of School-Based Mental Health Services
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary SchoolJill CollumJill is a graduate of New College of Florida and has master’s degrees from both the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Jill has been working in community-based mental health since 2009 and has been with the Florida Center for Early Childhood since 2012, previously serving as a Healthy Families family support worker and children’s crisis specialist. Jill is very interested and involved in community activism and social justice movements that support the children and families served by the Florida Center.
Mental Health Therapist/Tuttle Elementary School
Jenna Froug, MCW, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood ElementaryJenna Froug, MCW, RCSWIJenna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2016. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2018 from Florida State University. As a Florida native, Jenna has always had a passion for school-aged children. Jenna has worked in schools as a tutor and girls’ group therapist. Jenna is passionate about bringing trauma-informed care into the Sarasota County school system. Jenna practices mindfulness and meditation in her spare time and finds that frequent practices help improve her state of mind and overall sense of well-being at home and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
Jennifer Garafola, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio ElementaryJennifer Garafola, LCSWJennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology and master’s degree in Social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. Jennifer enjoys working with children and their families by empowering them and providing them with emotional support. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping with her husband and chocolate lab. Her work and personal mantra is “work for a cause, not for applause; live life to express, not to impress; don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Mental Health Therapist/Gocio Elementary
Jennifer Gravesen, M.S., RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary SchoolJennifer Gravesen, M.S., RMHCIJennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2010. She completed her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2014. Jennifer is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Jennifer has been working with children and their families for the past 10 years, with a focus on trauma and the child welfare system. She is passionate about trauma-work and has a background in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, incorporating mindfulness into sessions. Jennifer incorporates mindfulness into her daily routine with her family. She notes that being mindful of her own feelings has helped her be more present and engaged with her family and at work.
Mental Health Therapist/Glenallen Elementary School
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolLavonna GregoryLavonna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in human development from Eckerd College in 2005. She went on to achieve a Master's of Arts Degree in counseling from Webster University in 2014, with an emphasis in both areas of licensed mental health counselor and school guidance. Lavonna has been working with children for over 13 years. She has been dedicated to advocating for children and empowering families. Lavonna loves aromatherapy, meditation, and exercising. She believes this helps to increase her inner peace and allows her time to relax, reflect and think positively
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Lisiane Jimenez, M.A.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood ElementaryLisiane Jimenez, M.A.Lisiane earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from American International College in 1994. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 1998, from Boston College, with a focus on mental health counseling. Lisiane has been working in the field of mental health counseling for over 15 years. During those years she had the privilege of working as an Adjustment Counselor at an elementary school in Massachusetts as well as a home-based therapist. Following her arrival in Florida she worked for the Child Protection Center as a child sexual abuse therapist before joining The Florida Center. Lisiane is passionate about traveling with her two children. She finds that traveling the world allows her to expand her understanding of different cultures which helps her be better at connecting with clients from different cultural backgrounds.
Mental Health Therapist/Brentwood Elementary
Nicole Jones, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores and Lakeview elementary schoolsNicole Jones, LCSWNicole earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in sociology from the University of Florida in 2009. She went on to achieve her Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida - Sarasota/Manatee in 2017. Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and was certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in 2019. Nicole has been working with children for 10 years, first as a preschool teacher with Head Start and then transitioning into a social work role through the Early Steps program. Nicole completed her graduate student internship with the Child Protection Center. After obtaining her MSW, she remained with CPC as a therapist working with child victims of sexual and physical abuse before joining The Florida Center. Nicole believes in the importance of having balance in all aspects of life.
Mental Health Therapist/Phillipi Shores and Lakeview elementary schools
Monica Mehserle, LCSW
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary SchoolMonica Mehserle, LCSWMonica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Georgia State University in 2012. She went on to achieve her master's degree in 2015 from USF in Clinical Social Work. Monica is a licensed foster parent with her husband. Monica has been working with youth of all ages in many settings. Prior to The Florida Center, she worked and volunteered in Atlanta and the Sarasota area with youth at her local high school, in a domestic violence shelter, refugee resettlement, teen pregnancy, after-school program, and a summer lunch program.
Mental Health Therapist/Lamarque Elementary School
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary SchoolVictoria MonaghanVictoria earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2014. She went on to achieve her master's degree in social work in 2017, from USF, with a focus in child welfare. Victoria has four years of experience working with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Victoria has received training in adoption competency and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy. Victoria practices a holistic approach to wellness in her own life, including healthy eating, exercise, yoga, meditation and frequent trips to the beach.
Mental Health Therapist/Wilkinson Elementary School
Lee Schlanger, M.A., RMHCI
Mental Health Therapist/Garden ElementaryLee Schlanger, M.A., RMHCILee earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in business and finance from Keiser University in 2012. He went on to complete his master's degree in clinical mental counseling at Argosy University, Sarasota. He is currently a State of Florida Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and a Colorado State Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and is working towards his LMHC License. Lee has completed several trainings in child play therapy. Lee is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy. Lee has been working the mental health counseling field for three and a half years. He has worked with clients of a variety of ages in differing areas including trauma treatment, grief and loss counseling, anger management counseling, substance abuse recovery and more. Lee has been working the mental health counseling field for three and a half years. He has worked with clients of a variety of ages in differing areas including trauma treatment, grief and loss counseling, anger management counseling, substance abuse recovery and more. Lee practices meditation and breath work at home on a daily basis. He finds that this helps him maintain focus and relaxation in his personal life. Additionally, he is a strong advocate of exercise (physical activity) and play (enjoying life and having fun) in order to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Mental Health Therapist/Garden Elementary
Pam Sanders Wilsen,
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary SchoolPam Sanders Wilsen,Pam earned her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in psychology from the University of South Florida in 2009. She went on to earn her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in 2013. Pam has worked in school based mental health services since completing her master's level internship in 2013.
Mental Health Therapist/Emma E. Booker Elementary School
Madison Siegfried, MSW, RCSWI
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary SchoolMadison Siegfried, MSW, RCSWIMadison earned her bachelor's degree in Social Work in 2017 and her master's degree in social work in 2018 from the University of South Florida. Madison is pursuing her license to become an LCSW. Before coming to The Florida Center, Madison worked in the school system at Booker High School and Emma E. Booker. Madison also has worked in post-adoptive support in Tampa. Madison has a passion for working with elementary aged children and enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
Mental Health Therapist/Fruitville Elementary School